Rowyn (rowyn) wrote,

Team Human, by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan

This is the other Brennan novel I put on reserve when I couldn't get Unspoken. It's another YA urban supernatural novel, with some mystery and some romance and mostly just a lot of interpersonal relationships. The setting is a town in Maine split between the "human" and "vampire" sections. Vampires are openly known, legal, and live off blood from blood banks. They also never laugh, which I thought was an amusing dig at all the very serious vampire novels out there. The protagonist is a senior in high school; she doesn't like vampires. Her best friend is vampire-obsessed and fixates on the 160+ year old vampire who looks like a teenage boy and for mysterious reasons starts taking classes at their school. Their other female friend hates vampires because her father just abandoned his family to run off with one.

I had a pretty good time with this one, although as with most vampire novels the setting raises a bunch of moral questions that never really get addressed and don't bear close examination. (Like: if vampirism is a cure for fatal diseases, why would you ever not turn someone with an incurable fatal disease into a vampire? And if you're limiting the vampire population, why would you ever let people who aren't fatally injured take up slots needed by them? Even granted that vampirism has a lot of drawbacks, I'd still expect demand by people who are going to die, including the elderly, to vastly exceed the capacity that society can support). Anyway, that aside, it's a fun romp that pokes gentle fun at the tropes of vampire romance, and a number of genuinely sweet and funny moments. I'll give it an 8 of 10.

The library, obviously in an attempt to make up for having produced only one book for me on Monday and none at all over the weekend, came up with five today. I love the reserve system. Fortunately, three of them were paperbacks or I'd've had an interesting time carting them home on my basket-less bike. (I have this rack-thing over the rear tire that I bungee-cord down a bag to, but the bungee cord I have is tiny, so it can't accommodate a lot.)
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